Come to La Jolla for a true Southern Californian “Endless Summer” weekend. La Jolla is a dressed up surf town with great beaches and panoramic views from the town center which is located on cliffs high above the Pacific. We first came here years ago on a sister bonding trip and learned to surf at the Surf Diva Surf Camp. We love being in the ocean all day (that is teeming with friendly sea life) and then getting dressed up for cocktails at La Valencia Hotel, one of the poshest hotels in town, followed by dinner at George’s on the Cove or the Crab Catcher. We’ve stayed at most of the hotels in town and our favorite is the Grande Colonial with its refined beachy rooms showcasing stunning views.
WHAT TO PACK
La Jolla is a true So-Cal town with relaxed beach wear for day and dressier at night.
Board shorts/cover ups
Little dresses, jeans and cute tops for night
Heels for night
7702 Fay Ave.
Tel: 858 454 8409
A charming yellow beach bungalow that serves “famous” French toast.
La Jolla Cheese Shop
22165 Avenida de la Playa
A good spot to pick up sandwiches for the beach. They also have a ridiculous candy selection.
1298 Prospect St. #3A
Tel: 858 454 9587
A cozy dining room or courtyard with decadent food every step of the way.
George’s at the Cove
1250 Prospect Street
Tel: 858 454 4244
We love having dinner on the rooftop terrace with views of La Jolla. California cuisine.
2000 Spindrift drive
Tel: 858 458 7222
Res: 856 644 2351
Our Dad brought us to dinner here and we sat in the very same booth he had sat in with his parents thirty or so years before. The Marine Room feels old school in a good way.
Jack’s La Jolla
7863 Girard Ave
Tel: 858 456-8111
Definitely the biggest after dinner scene in La Jolla, but can get a bit cheesy. Good for dancing with a group.
1037 Prospect Street
Tel: 858 454 7655
Fun dive bar for a nightcap or beer with the cute, young local surfers.
910 Prospect Street
Tel: 858 454 2181
Res: 888 530 5766
The Grande Colonial was the first hotel in La Jolla, opening its doors in 1913. You feel the history of the place in the refined beach style of the rooms and lobby. Request an ocean view room in the main building. Our favorite place to stay in La Jolla.
1132 Prospect Street
Tel: 858 454 0771
La Valencia is the most recognizable building in town – its elegant pink, Mediterranean inspired façade has been welcoming guests since 1926. Their lobby bar and terrace are the perfect place to have sunset cocktail in old school grandeur. If staying the night, request an ocean view in the main building as the new tower is a disappointment.
SURF AND SAND
Surf Diva Surf School
2160 Avenida de la Playa
Tel: 858 454-8273
Upbeat and patient surf instruction run by two sisters. We are graduates of Level Two!
6800 Neptune Place
Just south of town, Wind’n’sea is a narrow but beautiful little slice of beach with an advanced surf break. No facilities.
8600 Block La Jolla Shores Drive
The most visited and popular (sometimes crowded) beach in La Jolla, this is where the waves gently roll in, so it is a great beach to learn to surf. Facilities.
The Gaia Day Spa
1299 Prospect Street
Tel: 858 456 8797
The signature Banya treatment is relaxing and energizing all at once.
Torrey Pines State and Natural Reserve
12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
Tel: 858 755-2064
Beautiful hiking trails along the bluffs and down to the ocean. Easy to moderate.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
700 Prospect Street
Tel: 858 454 3541
11:00am – 5:00PM Thursday – Tuesday
1275 Prospect St.
The shopping is a little spotty in La Jolla, but Nicole Miller usually has some cute dresses.